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Modern Day Job Search With Your Cell Phone

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Your phone is a useful tool for job searching, and almost every job seeker is using a mobile device in some way for job hunting. In 2015, Indeed reported that 50% of site traffic comes from mobile devices[1]. In 2016, Snagajob reported that 72 percent of hourly employee respondents use a mobile phone to find and apply for jobs (Doyle, 2018).

Mobile Job Applications

Even though many people use their phone for some component of job hunting, mobile job searching doesn't always translate into mobile job applications. That's because the application process can be lengthy on a site that isn't designed for mobile job applications.

There can be pages of information you'll have to enter to apply. If you use a job board or job search engine, they may have a process in place where you can seamlessly apply. Otherwise, it can be simpler to keep track of the job and apply from your home computer.

This is a good process to follow so that you know who you have applied with and who has responded. The contacts should be documented in a table or spreadsheet as well.

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Company       Department Human Resources      Manager      Time/Day

Even if you opt not to apply on your phone, and job seekers are three times more likely to apply for a job from a computer than a phone, you can still effectively use your smartphone for job hunting. There are many apps for iPhones, iPads and Android phones that make it easy to look for jobs, and there are other tools you can use to job hunt using your phone. Here's how to utilize mobile devices to enhance and expedite your job search.

Install Apps

There are many job search apps available for smartphones and tablets. You can download apps that search for jobs by keyword and location, email job listings, keep track of your contacts, and even create a resume.

For example, you can use Beyond.com. These tips will help you use job search apps to get hired.

Use a Job Site

If you have an account on a job site like Monster or CareerBuilder, for example, you can apply with your existing application materials that you have uploaded from your computer.

On CareerBuilder, you can apply to jobs via your phone using the CareerBuilder app, choose an option to only view jobs that you can apply to using your phone, and instantly apply with a resume already saved in the CareerBuilder database.

Check for New Job Vacancies

It only takes a few minutes to check for new job listings. Use your apps to check frequently, so you can get the latest listings as soon as they are posted. Use apps for job search engines like Indeed, SimplyHired, and LinkUp, to quickly find job postings.

Send Yourself Job Listings

It's easy to email job postings to yourself, either using a function built into an app or by using the features built-in to your phone. Open the email on your computer, and you'll have all the information you need to apply.

Bookmark Job Postings and Websites

You can bookmark job postings and websites to visit later, copy to your home screen, or print a copy of the listing directly from your phone.

Get Notifications and Alerts

Depending on the job site you're using, you may be able to sign up for text or email notifications of new job postings. Most major job sites send relevant job matches via email or social media instantaneously, daily, or weekly. Opt for instantaneous updates so you can get your application in as soon as possible.

Submit Email Applications

If you email yourself a copy of your resume and save it in the In Box on your phone, you will be able to forward it to employers who request applications via email. Write your cover letter in the body of the email message. Make sure to set up a professional signature on your email.

Be Careful About Applying for Jobs from Your Phone

Unless you're using a job site app, it can be easier to apply for jobs from a computer than it is from a phone because of the information you'll need to enter for online job applications. Don't waste time trying to apply when it's easier to wait until you can get to a computer to apply.

Use Your Phone for Networking

With LinkedIn's mobile app, you can stay up to date with your network, update your profile, view and save recommended jobs, keep current with your groups, and learn about companies.

Send a Thank You Note

It's always a good idea to send a thank-you note after a job interview, and you won't have to wait until you do get back to your computer to do so. You can send an email thank you letter or take advantage of Felt's iPad app that will send thank you notes for you.

Workplace Apps for Employment

The employment rate in the United States for persons with disabilities is less than the general public.


There are good apps and extensions to implement into your career journey.

One good idea is to use an automatic login tool for popular information to be typed into different forms automatically. One good option at no cost would be the DashLane automatic login for the internet.

Resume Development

As a modern job-seeker, you obviously approach new applications with a sense of hopefulness. You do, after all, possess characteristics and skills that are different, better, and more impressive than your fellow candidates. There are three major resume styles you should use.

  • Chronological Resume

The chronological format is the bread and butter of candidates for most modern job openings.  In this format, your job experience, education, and extra-curricular activities are all listed in descending order with the most recent items appearing at the top of the page. 

Start this type of resume off with your most recent work position. Each job title should be followed up with a description of your duties, accomplishments, and skills in the position. Follow your work experience up with an education section in a similar chronological format.

A chronological resume is often the preferred format for most employers simply because it is the most common and, therefore, the most recognizable.  This format also allows the hiring manager to see at a glance what recent experience you may have and what accomplishments may be the most relevant in your recent past.

  • Functional Resume

Functional resumes are often, well, more functional in their description of your relevant skills and experience.  Instead of listing your positions in year and date order, functional resumes instead highlight several key areas of experience, responsibilities, and accomplishments.  Plenty of description and context follow each of the relevant sections to highlight and support your strengths.

Functional resumes come in handy if you’re a young graduate with not much in the way of relevant job experience.  When crafting a functional resume, candidates should pay careful attention to the job listing. Review the position description for desired skills or basic requirements and cater your resume to these ends.  The goal of the functional resume is to target the reviewer with the exact reasons why you would make the best hire for the given position.

  • Combination Resume

A combination resume is self-explanatory.  This resume type attempts to cover the best of both the functional and chronological worlds by grouping relevant skills into a chronological format from most recent to historic job positions.  Group your skills and accomplishments into a yearly format at the top of your resume. Your job history will follow with a bare-bones list of titles held by year and month to provide context and work history.

The work experience section you won’t need to provide additional details or context since this information was previously conveyed in the accomplishments and skills section above.  This can often be a desirable format for a listing with more technical requirements. If your job asks for specific certifications, degrees or education, consider the combination resume.


Your job search begins with the creation of a resume and blossoms towards eventual employment. This powerful statement emphasizing your skills and abilities to your future employer.

[1] (Maddy, 2018)

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Comment by Sammy Abeje on August 12, 2018 at 11:47am

Thanks for the super useful information, I forget how much you can do on just your phone.  It's amazing how applying for a job has changed over the years.

Comment by Adrienne Kleinman on July 24, 2018 at 5:45am

Jennifer, thank you for posting this very comprehensive list! It is so useful to know all these bits of information. I myself have applied to several jobs on my smartphone, but nothing beats the ease of a good ol' computer!  

Comment by Nikki Abramson on July 22, 2018 at 9:44pm

These are great tips, tricks, and ideas. I especially always value the thank you note one. Too many times this gets missed when apply for jobs and we need this more. 

Comment by Erika J. Kluge on July 19, 2018 at 12:21pm

Great information Jennifer! I wish it was easier as there are many individuals who only have a phone or iPad/tablet and there are still limitations to the mobile environment. 

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